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Prof Andrew Blakers
From Stars to the Sun
Professor Andrew Blakers is a professor engineering at the Australian National University. He works in the area of photovoltaics. His original goal was to be an astronomer studying Maths and Physics but while bushwalking he was struck by so many places under threat - and that was as far back as the 70s!
He believes Australia receives thousands of times more solar energy than all the fossil fuels combined so why not be involved in solar and wind? He is a member of ARENA but fears the organisation , with the present political situation may lose the capacity to award grants.
An interesting account of Andrew's life and work can be accessed on the Conversation Hour (13/6) and more details on the usual BZE podcast which mentions sliver, PERC technologies and silicon with its non-toxic properties.
He has no doubt that Australia could become 100% renewable before long -and that is not just "pie in the sky"!
(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)
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